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VERSAILLES - The field of 10 contenders for Miss Annie Oakley was narrowed to six Wednesday night in the preliminaries.Those remaining to compete in the finals tonight are Hannah Gulley, Majennica Nealeigh, Alyssa Baumgardner, Shawna Osborne, Hayley Maher and Katie Hurd.Rachel Francis, who won for best costume, was the first to be eliminated from the contest at 70 feet away from target.Others eliminated were Tara Goubeaux, at 75 feet away, and Hannah Bingham and Mariana Ramos, both from 80 feet away.The finals will begin at 6 p.m. today at 85 feet from the balloon targets at the new location, York Woods on Reed Road at the intersection of U.S. 127 and State Route 242.


The Golden Ratio (or The New Math, Part II)

Last week I explained that my wife and I have learned that in the context of our three children and the chaos they generate, 1 + 1 + 1 = a lot more than 3. Put differently, the amigos’ collective rowdy effect is considerably more than the sum of their constituent parts. I also mentioned in last week’s column (“The New Math”) that a certain pattern is emerging in our family—a pattern which I refer to as the “Swensen sequence”. In the “Swensen seq...

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The relationship between twins

There are two types of twins. Fraternal and identical twins.Fraternal twins are one set of twins who may or may not look very much alike and may or may not be the same sex. They are developed from two separate eggs. It appears as if it is two completely separate pregnancies that are taking place at the same time within the mother.Identical twins are developed together and they are of the same sex. Usually they are, as they are properly named for, identical. Unlike Frater...

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Dozens attend Versailles’ youth football camp

VERSAILLES – The Versailles High School football team hosted about 60 boys in its youth football camp this week as the Tigers introduced the kids to football and let them have some fun.Versailles’ high school football coaches and 24 high school players led the camp, which included about 60 boys in the fourth through sixth grades.“We just want to get them exposure to football,” Versailles varsity football coach Adam Miller said. “We teach the...

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Excitement remains high for NASCAR trucks at Eldora

ROSSBURG – Fans from 45 states including Alaska and Hawaii, the United States Virgin Islands, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and Australia purchased tickets for Wednesday’s MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, showing excitement for the event continued in its second year.The inaugural MudSummer Classic NASCAR truck race at Eldora in 2013 marked NASCAR’s first dirt track race since 1970. Even though the 2014 installment of the event wasn’t as historical as la...

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Stewart announces new construction project at Eldora

ROSSBURG – Tony Stewart continues to invest in Eldora Speedway as he announced prior to Wednesday’s MudSummer Classic that a multipurpose building will be constructed in the track’s infield.Construction on the new infield building is slated to begin in October, and it is scheduled to be ready in the spring of 2015. The new building will include a media center, infield hospitality suite, infield care center, new restrooms and new concession stands.

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Summer Youth Work Experience helps developmentally disabled

DARKE COUNTY - The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities has several programs for older children to help transition to adulthood, one such program, Bridges to Transition, helps young adults, ages 14 to 21, learn more about having a job, and helping to provide work experience, said Beth Jennings, coordinator for the program.“We are providing vocational education and work skills training,” Jennings commented.

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Governor helps kick off 161st Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The annual Ohio State Fair has kicked off in Columbus.The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) joined general manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daugh...

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Peanut Butter Crumb Pie

Introducing a new Amish CookHi. I’m Gloria Yoder, age 24. I’m an ordinary Amish housewife and mother and, yes, I love it. My husband Daniel and I have been blessed with over 4 years of marriage. We were thrilled when God added a baby girl to our hearts and lives 2 1 /2 years ago. We named her Julia Rose. She is our little sunshine. We also anticipate the arrival of another bundle in November. Julia is all excited about being a big sister.

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Greenville teen arrested in Tuesday theft

GREENVILLE - Greenville Police Department released the name of the individual arrested Tuesday in regards to the rash of vehicle fires and thefts from vehicles.Joshua Willis, 18, of Greenville, is currently being held in the Mercer County Jail on a theft charge, Greenville PD stated.The investigation so far has uncovered eight vehicle fires, and at least seven additional thefts from vehicles in the early morning hours of July 22.Anyone with information is aske...

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LaRoche’s HR rallies Nationals past Rockies, 7-4

DENVER (AP) — Adam LaRoche has been scuffling this month. He hopes one swing will turn things around.LaRoche broke out of a July slump with a tiebreaking home run in the seventh, Anthony Rendon had three hits and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.It was the Nationals fourth straight win and increased their NL East Division lead to two games over Atlanta, which lost to Miami on Tuesday.The win might have co...

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Succulents: Summertime

Summer and succulents just naturally go together. Succulents make excellent container plants because they’re easy to grow and need almost no care. You have heard “all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti” That is true – a cactus is a succulent because of its ability to store water.Succulents will look fabulous in groups on a deck or patio as an accent, or in a fantastic huge concrete or faux stone urn as a focal point.A great loo...

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Talent in magic shows

Our humble home was the site of two great magic shows last week.The first was created and executed by the “The Magnificent Mary, our eldest daughter Mary Irene, and her assistant, an Egyptian princess named “Peg-arie-gela,” our 9-year-old Joyce who couldn’t decide whether to call herself Peggy, Marie, or Angela.Their show included card tricks, scarf tricks, and a singing flower. Admission was one penny and well worth it.The second show ...

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Nonprofit starts housing program for veterans

CELINA — A non-profit veterans organization is partnering with a construction company in Celina to provide affordable housing for veterans and serving soldiers in Ohio.“We purchased two [housing] lots from the city of Celina and will build on one lot and after that we’ll see what needs will be in Auglaize and Darke Counties,” said Homer Burnett, president of Lots for Soldiers in Celina.The first new home in Celina is expected to go to a U.S. Navy ...

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Model T tour rolls through Greenville

GREENVILLE - Nineteen Ford vehicles built from about 1909 to 1923 rolled through the streets of Greenville Monday afternoon on a Model T tour from the Model T Museum in the Depot District of Richmond, Indiana.They came to Greenville for a tour of downtown, specifically the KitchenAid Experience, explained Susan Wiltshire, wife of Tony, the “leader of the pack.” After lunch and some shopping, they headed to Historic Bear’s Mill for a tour, before heading to Fountai...

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Residents can take steps to prevent thefts

DARKE COUNTY — Increases in thefts and vandalism during the summer months requires more initiative from the citizens in way of prevention, said Darke County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Deputy Whittaker.He said that residents can be more proactive, more neighborly, looking out for each other. Don’t be afraid to report suspicious people, to make that call, so law enforcement can investigate, too.Crime prevention tips include to document your personal prop...

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Bradford hosts junior high girls basketball shootout

BRADFORD — Bradford hosted a junior high girls basketball shootout on Saturday with several local teams as the Lady Railroaders attempt to build up their junior high program.Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Miami East, Versailles and Wapakoneta were among those in attendance as the Railroaders hosted the shootout for the second year in a row. Franklin Monroe and Greenville were new to the shootout this year.The shootout went well, Bradford varsity girls baske...

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Greenville hit by rash of car arsons, breakins

GREENVILLE - Greenville’s law enforcement and first responders were busy Tuesday morning as they responded to a rash of calls regarding vehicle fires and break-ins, reported Lieutenant Steve Strick of the Greenville Police Department.One arrest had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.It was a busy time for Greenville Police Department, Strick added, because they have to make sure to hit all three reports on each fire, including the initial report, the technical work,...

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